History of the Council

The creation of the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (formerly the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia) stems from a call to action from the Fraser Basin Council on the issue of invasive plants in BC after a field trip to the Cariboo in 2001 brought the issue to the forefront. The Fraser Basin Council then led the development of the Invasive Plant Strategy for BC, a groundbreaking document published in 2003 that outlines an action plan to address the exponential increase in invasive plant populations throughout the province.

ISStrategyA new Invasive Species Strategy for BC is now being developed, building upon the original version, and will serve as a tool that will enhance the coordination of invasive species management across BC.

Over the course of 2011, workshops were held across the province to allow stakeholders to provide input and direction of the new Strategy. During the 2012 Public Forum and AGM, “Shutting Out Invaders”, attendees have the opportunity to review the final draft Strategy. All draft versions, regional workshop meeting summaries, and blog discussions are available online. Thank you to the technical writing team and all other contributors to this important initiative for BC!

The Council also began transitioning to become the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia during 2011, to expand from invasive plant management to include all invasive species impacting BC. This transition will continue into 2012 and beyond! 


In Your Words...

  • “Parks Canada and Canadians have benefited from the partnership to have on-the-ground Hot Spots crews, and we would be happy to work with a crew in the future at one of our many national parks and national historic sites that are in need of invasive plant management.”

    Brian Reader, Species at Risk Manager, Parks Canada

  • “Working with the Hot Spots crew in Saanich in 2010, we practiced different methods to treat knotweed with glyphosate using the injection gun on several sites. With these skills I was able to implement Saanich's first knotweed eradication pesticide treatment program for private properties.”

    Donna Wong, Environmental Stewardship Officer, District of Saanich

  • "We had a great hike at Kenna Cartwright Park. The kids built a snowman and we all enjoyed the views. The outreach worker showed us some plants that don't belong in the park, gave us info about them and what to do about them, and gave us all some cool gifts from the Invasive Plant Council. Thank you!"

    Susan Hammond, Kamloops Young Naturalist Club

  • “Our crew has finished their work at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. I want to thank you, on behalf of Parks Canada, for providing the crew to us. They were well-trained and got a lot of important restoration work done in our nationally-important heritage areas.”

    Brian Reader, Species at Risk Manager, Parks Canada

  • “Thank you for orchestrating access to the Hot Spots crew for GINPR.  This crew allowed us to move the restoration project on Princess Margaret ahead by months if not by years.”

    Wayne Bourque, Superintendent of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Parks Canada

  • “I am impressed with the coverage of the GIS mapping data now available. I will be developing an Invasive Species Management Plan for Pacific Spirit over the next several years and these maps will help as a coarse indication of current conditions, and in guiding initial inventory and monitoring efforts.”

    Markus Merkens, Pacific Spirit Park area manager, Metro Vancouver

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